Presentation on theme: "3/3/2013 am Faith And Works James 2:14-26 Micky Galloway."— Presentation transcript:
1 3/3/2013 amFaith And WorksJames 2:14-26Micky Galloway
2 Salvation By Faith And Works Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, (it is) the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory.”James 2:14 “What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but have not works? can that faith save him?”
3 Salvation By Faith And Works Titus 3:5 “not by works (done) in righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit”James 2:24 “Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith.”
4 Faith Without Works James 2:14-22 Unprofitable. Verse 14Circumcision. Galatians 5:6Meats. Hebrews 13:9Benevolence without love. 1 Corinthians 13:3
5 Faith Without Works James 2:14-22 Mere profession. Verse 14Profession is not enough. Luke 6:46; Matthew 23:3; 7:21ffLord demands doing. Matthew 7:24; Acts 2:37; 2 Peter 1:10
6 Faith Without Works James 2:14-22 Not saving faith. Verse 14“Can THAT faith save him?” NO!Faith saves. Ephesians 2:8Faith justifies. Romans 5:1Faith purifies. Acts 15:9Faith without works condemns!“Wherefore, that we are justified by faith only, is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort.” (METHODIST CHURCH “The Articles of Religion,” Article IX; The Book of Discipline, page 57)
7 Faith Without Works James 2:14-22 Is dead. Verse 17As a dead body. cf. verse 26Works are to faith what life is to the body.
8 Faith Without Works James 2:14-22 Is incapable of demonstration. Verse 18The Lord demonstrated His love for us. Ephesians 2:7; John 3:16; Romans 5:8“Show me thy faith …” cf. Titus 2:7; Hebrews 6:11
9 Faith Without Works James 2:14-22 Is the faith of demons. Verse 19Demons recognized Jesus and confessed Him to be God’s Son and trembled at His presence. Mark 5:7; Luke 4:34
10 Faith Without Works James 2:14-22 Is an imperfect faith. Verse 22“Perfect” teleióœ “Particularly with the meaning to bring to a full end, completion, reaching the intended goal, to finish a work or duty” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary) Hebrews 2:10; 5:9; 9:9; 10:14; 11:40Faith must be completed by works.
11 Saving Faith Illustrated Abraham. Verse 21-23“Abraham… justified by works, in that he offered up Isaac.” James 2:21“By faith Abraham … offered up Isaac.” Hebrews 11:17Read Genesis 22:1-14. (Note words of action.)What kind of works?Human, meritorious works? NO!Works of the Law of Moses? NO!Works of obedience? YES!NOTE: “Thou seest that faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect.” verse 22
12 Saving Faith Illustrated Rahab. Verse 25“By faith Rahab … received the spies with peace.” Hebrews 11:31“Rahab … justified by works, in that she received the messengers and sent them out another way.” James 2:25Read Joshua 2:1-21. (Note words of action.)NOTE: “And in like manner …” “Thou seest that faith wrought with his (her) works, and by works was faith made perfect.” verse 22
13 Three Explanations Of James 2 Martin Luther’s Explanation –Changed Romans 3:28 to read, “We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith only.”Rejected the book of James. “James is a right strawy epistle,” … “no gospel character in it,” … “I will not have it in my Bible in the number of the proper chief books.”NOTE: Galatians 1:6-9
14 Three Explanations Of James 2 Wide-spread Denominational Explanation –“The passage is applicable to the Christian, but not to the sinner.Good works are necessary to show one has been saved, but works are wholly unnecessary in order to be saved.”
15 Three Explanations Of James 2 Wide-spread Denominational Explanation –“Good works are necessary to show one has been saved, but works are wholly unnecessary in order to be saved.”Requires two kinds of faith:One that saves: (Non-working, inactive, wholly trusting)One that keeps us saved. (Working, active, obedient)We are not saved by a dead faith and kept saved by a live faith!NOTE: Ephesians 4:5 One faith that saves!
16 Three Explanations Of James 2 True Explanation of Faith and Works.There are two kinds of FAITH mentioned in the Scriptures.A faith which involves only the acceptance of testimony. John 12:42; James 2:19.A comprehensive faith which includes conviction, trust and obedience. John 3:16, 36; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 5:1.
17 Three Explanations Of James 2 True Explanation of Faith and Works.There are three kinds of WORKS mentioned in the Scriptures.Works of the law of Moses. Romans 3:28; Galatians 3:2Works of human merit and glory. Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5Works of faith, righteousness, obedience. Acts 10:34-35; 1 Thessalonians 1:3
18 Salvation by Grace Through Faith Ephesians 2:8-9 What did the Ephesians do that Paul calls, “Saved by grace through faith …”?1. Heard – Ephesians 1:13; Romans 10:172. Believed – Ephesians 1:13; Acts 19:5, 183. Repented – Acts 19:19; 20:214. Confessed – Acts 19:18; Romans 10:9-105. Baptized – Acts 19:5; 2:38
19 ConclusionFaith that saves, is faith that obeys. John 3:36; 2 Thessalonians 1:8Do you have that simple, trusting, obedient faith that will lead you to “repent and be baptized for the remission of sins”?